Our History

In 1960, two visionary commercial real estate contractors in Southern California embarked on a cross-country road trip with their families. Dismayed at the limited choice of consistent, affordable lodging available to the average leisure traveler, the two decided to offer something different. The result: A motel that provides a clean, comfortable room for the  best price. We still hold the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment.

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The First Light Turned On – June 25, 1962

Two California contractors, William Becker and Paul Greene, saw a need for an economy motel on the California coast. They opened a 52-room motel in Santa Barbara, offering a good night’s sleep for the low, low price of just $6 per night (cash only). Fittingly, they decided to name it Motel 6. An American icon is born.

Travel through the years to see where we started and learn where we’re going.

In 1965, Motel 6 opens its first location outside California in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Motel 6 accelerated its expansion by adopting the franchisee model. The first Motel 6 franchise location opened in Williams, Arizona.

Logo Evolution
Although our brand promise remains the
same, our logo has experienced four makeovers throughout the decades.

Motel 6 goes international opening its first location outside the U.S. in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. We’re also expanding our international footprint in Latin America with the Hotel 6/Estudio 6 brand and in India under the Motel 6, Studio 6 and Hotel 6 brands.

Rise of the Phoenix
Our property rooms have received many facelifts to keep with the times. In 2009, Project Phoenix took flight with the first prototype at a Northlake, Texas, Motel 6. The slick new European-like room design prompted a substantial nationwide renovation program in 2012 and has transformed our rooms to the modern look we now have today.

Fifty-five years later, Motel 6 is the largest owner/operator in the U.S. economy segment with more than 1,400 motels operating in 49 states and five Canadian provinces. 

Operations Leaders
Property Team
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Corporate Team
Contact Center Team

Working with Us

Ask anyone why they enjoy working here, and their first response is always: The People.
Our culture is built by people who care, live to serve and believe the impossible is possible. You have room to be yourself and to work with fun, talented people. When you combine this with our values, we have a work environment that is authentic, encouraging and unique.

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Perks & Benefits

Our perks and benefits are tailored to our team member's needs and celebrate their contributions.

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